British India are a four-piece out of Melbourne, Australia and back on 22 September 2017, the Victoria indie rock band released their sixth studio album ‘Forgetting the Future’.
I recently spoke with Will Drummond from British India about the album, their forthcoming 16-show tour dates throughout May and June to celebrate the album’s release, making music as a band, taking breaks, the future of British India and much more.
Speaking on the creation of ‘Forgetting the Future’, Will from British India explains “at the end of each album you feel like you’ve had your soul sucked out of you and you just need to have a sit down in the shower for a long time.”
“We spent a lot of time waiting for it to be release. The day that it is released is very – equally – nerve racking and equally, just such a great relief.”
Continuing on with the mental state of working on an album, Will explains how much making an album plays on your mind – how “you go from that relief and relaxed, and then you’ve got to go on the road and then play and remember to play the songs you’ve just written; remember how to play them.”
While British India’s Forgetting The Future did come out back on 22 September 2017, British India are heading out on the road for a big sixteen show tour from Friday 11 May to Friday 6 July in Bendigo, Frankston, Wollongong, Fremantle, Narrabeen, Scarborough, Ballarat, Melbourne, Geelong, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Peth, Belgrave, Sydney and Adelaide.
Friday 11 May | Tap House | Bendigo, Victoria
Saturday 12 May | Pelly Bar | Frankston, Victoria
Friday 25 May | Towradgi Beach Hotel | Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 26 May | Narrabeen RSL | Narrabeen, NSW
Friday 1 June | Newport Hotel | Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2 June | Badlands | Perth, WA
Sunday 3 June | Secret Show | Scarborough, WA
Friday 8 June | Sooki Lounge | Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 9 June | Karova Loynge | Ballarat, VIC
Friday 15 June | 170 Russell | Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16 June | Barwon Club Hotel | Geelong, VIC
Friday 22 June | Miami Tavern | Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 23 June | The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29 June | Cambridge Hotel | Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30 June | Oxford Art Factory | Sydney, NSW
Friday 6 July | The Gov | Adelaide, SA
On touring, Will touches on the fact how British India love playing gigs. “It’s a great motivator for other things apart from out writing. You start to get in a headspace of just being in a band, being constantly surrounded by music and playing guitar and playing a lot,” explains Will.
“A lot of people have said, “yeah, big tour, sixteen dates, blah blah blah,” you know? Like the last one was 32 and they said the same thing about that.”
Having been together as a band since 2004, Will explains how the band still continue to work so efficiently after all these years. “Writing music helps with my sanity, spending time with the other guys making stuff is really good for your sanity,” Will explains.
However, that notion does go both ways as Will continues, “you get so far into a song you go a little bit mad [laughs], it’s a fine balance sometimes.”
2018 looks to be a big year for British India, as the guys are moving a studio to Will’s new house, working on new material – which most of it already worked on separately – and more.
Listen to British India’s Forgetting The Future below.